Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Why I Switched From Limelife Planners to Blue Sky Planners: Planners Like Erin Condren

It's a planner post! I've haven't done many of these lately because...well, I've stuck with Limelife Planners for years. But I'm making a change for 2019.  Before I reveal my 2019 planner, let's take a look at my past (and current) Limelife planners.

They are adorable! And I've got nothing but LOVE for Limelife. I've even worked with them as a media and blog contributor. (More of my Limelife pieces here, here, here, and here.)  The people that work for and run the company are truly some of the sweetest people I've encountered. And I would 100% recommend their planners. Honestly, out of Limelife, Erin Condren, Inkwell, and Plum Paper Planners, I preferred Limelife a thousand times over. I loved the quality, their designs, layouts, and their add on's. why I stuck with them for so long.

But I decided to switch it up for 2019. If Limelife has all these great things then....why? There were two big reasons as to why I decided not to purchase another Limelife planner.  The first reason is that I want a very minimalistic design. I want something that felt simply elegant. And although Limelife's designs are certainly beautiful, minimal is not the word I'd use to describe them. The second reason was the price tag. A 7"x 9" weekly planner with Limelife starts at $55. I just didn't want to spend that money on a planner if it wasn't EXACTLY what I wanted.

So... what planner company did I decide to go with?

Blue Sky Planners. I reviewed them a while back when I was comparing Erin Condren Life Planner alternatives and cheaper or more affordable planners that were like the Erin Condren Life Planner. (Like many planner lovers, I started my adult planner journey with Erin Condren but soon started looking for something else.)  I remembered Blue Sky Planners because I loved the quality. I also remembered them having both Limelife-like cover designs AND very minimal cover designs. So I decided to check them out.

The tricky thing about Blue Sky is that you have to go to multiple places to see all of the designs available. They aren't all listed on the Blue Sky Planner website.  Some of the designs are only at Target and some can be found at Walmart.  (Keep in mind the planners listed on the official Blue Sky Planner website are pricier. But the website also offers a customize option.)

I did quite a bit of searching before I found this one and fell in love. And it was much less costly than Limelife and Erin Condren. It isn't customized. But I don't really need or want the customization. I've never put my name on the cover of my planner. (I'm much more of an inspirational-quote girl.)

For $19.99 this 9.25" x 8.45" monthly/daily planner includes:

  • A hard, durable cover with "gold" accents
  •  Wire binding
  • Contacts section
  • Sticker sheets
  • Notes section
  • Yearly reference calendars
  • Coated tabs
I absolutely love the inside of the front and back covers. It's a detail that sold me. It's about the same size as my 2018 Limelife and exactly what I was looking for. Take a look at the pictures down below!

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